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Speyside Whisky

Speyside whiskies are among Scotland’s lightest, sweetest single malts. Age often brings a bit more body and the profusion of heavily sherried whiskies from the region exhibit superb power. Though a comparatively small appellation, Speyside has, by some distance, the vast majority of Scotch whisky distilleries. Indeed there are eighty-four working distilleries, including the world’s best-sellers: The Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant and The Macallan.

The Speyside style has altered over time, a traditional Speyside single malt would be more akin to a Highland whisky, with a definite robustness and a marked peat. More recent expressions are lighter, sweeter whiskies; honeyed and fine. Lacking the peat of Islay or the Highlands, the ozone and salinity of coastal malts or the dry, perfume of the Lowlands; Speyside whiskies are sweet and subtle. There is however, no hard and fast rule as to the characteristics of Speyside whisky, for more than half of Scotland’s distilleries are to be found in this sub-region of the Highlands.

Older variants, particularly from those powerhouse distilleries: Macallan and Glenfarclas are often well-sherried, thick drams. There is a tendency to steer away from heavily finished whiskies, indeed most are matured in either ex-bourbon or ex-sherry casks. A heavily sherried Speyside single malt to be the perfect companion to a medium-bodied cigar, and a particularly well-aged expression can be the utmost of postprandial swigs.

Some of the light, youthful Speyside whiskies, perhaps from Allt-á-Bhainne or Glen Elgin, are charming and delightful. There is a low mineral content in the waters of Speyside, lying on the Grampians, with their granite content proffering soft waters. As a rule, the whiskies are either very low or totally devoid of peat, there is not a great abundance of it locally, though it has been used with some successful results in the cases of BenRiach and Tomintoul’s Ballantruan respectively.

Benromach 5 Year Old

70cl, 40%
Benromach

Bucking the trend towards whiskies without age statements, this delightful 5 year old appears to be the replacement for the entry level NAS Benromach Traditional. It's made with the same 80% bourbon…  More info

Benromach 5 Year Old
$27.91

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12292) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 54.8%
Braeval (AKA Braes of Glenlivet)

A Sherry-butt-matured Braeval single malt, bottled by Hunter Laing. It was distilled in 1997 and allowed to mature for 18 years until 2016, when it was bottled for The First Editions range at cask…  More info

Braeval 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 12292) - The First Editions (Hunter Laing)
$85.81

Macduff 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 9604) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%
Macduff

A Sherry-cask-finished Macduff single malt, bottled by The Vintage Malt Whisky Co. for the Cooper's Choice range. It was initially matured in American oak casks before being transferred over to…  More info

Macduff 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 9604) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$49.00

SPEY Chairman’s Choice

70cl, 40%
Speyside

A handsome presentation of the SPEY Chairman's Choice single malt Scotch whisky. It comes from the Speyside Distillery, owned by Harvey's of Edinburgh, who bought the distillery in 2012. The…  More info

SPEY Chairman’s Choice
2
$62.47

Glenfarclas 1999 (cask 6321) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 59.5%
Glenfarclas

Released as part of the Glenfarclas Family Cask range, this is a 1999 vintage single malt Scotch whisky which was left to mature in cask #6321, a Sherry butt. This Sherry butt was opened in July 2014…  More info

Glenfarclas 1999 (cask 6321) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$221.08

Benrinnes 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.5%
Benrinnes

This right here is the 3rd batch of Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It's an 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky, which has been bottled at 52.5% ABV.…  More info

Benrinnes 18 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$68.08

Macduff 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11785) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Macduff

From the Laing family's classic Old Malt Cask range comes this single cask Speyside whisky, distilled at Macduff in April 1997. The outturn more than 18 years later was 296 bottles.  More info

Macduff 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 11785) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$76.57

Miltonduff 10 Year Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 40%
Miltonduff

A Gordon and MacPhail bottling of Miltonduff aged for 10 years in sherry casks.  More info

Miltonduff 10 Year Old (Gordon and MacPhail)
5
$31.79

Glenfarclas 1996 (cask 518) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 58.6%
Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky distilled in 1996 and left to mature in a single refill Sherry butt until March 2014, when it was released as part of the Family Cask Summer 2014 release. 588…  More info

Glenfarclas 1996 (cask 518) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$288.99

Longmorn 1975 (bottled 2015) (cask 15065) - Malts of Scotland

70cl, 46.7%
Longmorn

An indie bottling of Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1975(!) and bottled in 2015 by Malts Of Scotland. It was drawn from a single bourbon hogshead, and only 196 bottles were produced.  More info

Longmorn 1975 (bottled 2015) (cask 15065) - Malts of Scotland
$522.97

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (The Malt Whisky Company)

70cl, 52.5%
Glenburgie

A 20 year old Glenburgie single malt Scotch whisky, which was allowed to age in a refill hogshead. 233 bottles were produced, independently bottled by The Malt Whisky Company.  More info

Glenburgie 20 Year Old 1995 (The Malt Whisky Company)
$148.63

Glenburgie 10 Year Old 35cl (Gordon & MacPhail)

35cl, 40%
Glenburgie

A half bottle of 10 year old whisky from the Glenburgie distillery in Speyside. This was aged in refill sherry hogsheads and butts.  More info

Glenburgie 10 Year Old 35cl (Gordon & MacPhail)
1
$13.56

Cardhu Amber Rock

70cl, 40%
Cardhu

Cardhu's Amber Rock single malt Scotch whisky is double matured in toasted American oak casks, resulting in a full bodied whisky, packed with vanilla, citrus and oak-y notes. The is inspired in part…  More info

Cardhu Amber Rock
$42.92

Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 8511273) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.3%
Glentauchers

6 year old single malt from the Glentauchers distillery, bottled by Duncan Taylor as part of their Octave range. This was distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2015 after enjoying a finishing period in an…  More info

Glentauchers 6 Year Old 2008 (cask 8511273) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)
$48.56

BenRiach 38 Year Old 1977 (cask 3111) - Tawny Port Cask Finish

70cl, 43.1%
BenRiach

A Tawny Port Cask finished BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in August 1977 and bottled in June 2016 at 38 years old! This has been released as part of their 13th batch of single cask…  More info

BenRiach 38 Year Old 1977 (cask 3111) - Tawny Port Cask Finish
$578.52

Longmorn 15 Year Old 1999 - Distiller's Art (Langside)

70cl, 48%
Longmorn

From the Distiller's Art range comes a 15 year old Langside single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill butt. It was distilled by Longmorn in November 1999 and bottled with an outturn of…  More info

Longmorn 15 Year Old 1999 - Distiller's Art (Langside)
$66.89

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 54954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 60%
Longmorn

An independent bottling of Longmorn single malt, a blenders favourite that can be considered something of a hidden gem.  More info

Longmorn 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 54954) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)
$133.93

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)

70cl, 56.5%
Glentauchers

An indie bottling of Glentauchers single malt Scotch whisky, matured for 18 years in a single bourbon cask. It was distilled back in 1996 and bottled in 2015 with 229 bottles produced, presented at…  More info

Glentauchers 18 Year Old 1996 - Lady of the Glen (Hannah Whisky Merchants)
$100.78

Singleton of Dufftown Tailfire

70cl, 40%
Dufftown

Tailfire is one of two no age statement single malt Scotch whiskies released for the Singleton of Dufftown range in 2014 (the other being Sunray). In tune with the berry red label, the Tailfire is a…  More info

Singleton of Dufftown Tailfire
10
$36.67

Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve

70cl, 40%
Glenrothes

A rather interesting release from the Glenrothes distillery in the Speyside region, which was finished in casks which previous held peated whisky from Islay. It somewhat feels like Glenrothes are…  More info

Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve
$49.21

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 800054) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 61.2%
Mortlach

This is a single cask bottling of 8 year old Mortlach single malt, matured in a bourbon barrel from March 2008 to September 2016. Following that, it was bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 800054) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$89.70

Tomintoul Five Decades 50th Anniversary

70cl, 50%
Tomintoul

Tomintoul have marked the fiftieth anniversary of spirit flowing from its stills with this stunning release composed of whiskies from each decade. Casks were chosen from 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995 and…  More info

Tomintoul Five Decades 50th Anniversary
$262.01

Linkwood 8 Year Old 2008 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 62.1%
Linkwood

8 year old single malt from the Linkwood distillery, independently bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection. It was distilled in May 2008 in a bourbon barrel until August 2016, when it…  More info

Linkwood 8 Year Old 2008 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$85.22

Glentauchers 17 Year Old 1998 (casks 2410, 2412 & 2416) - Cask Strength (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 56.8%
Glentauchers

Bottled at cask strength, as the name of this Gordon & MacPhail range indicates, this Glentauchers was distilled in October 1998 and spent over 17 years in a refill Sherry cask.  More info

Glentauchers 17 Year Old 1998 (casks 2410, 2412 & 2416) - Cask Strength (Gordon & Macphail)
$75.79

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 10378) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%
Dufftown

18 year old Dufftown single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in August 1995, matured in a refill butt for 18 years and bottled in March 2014 with an outturn of 589 bottles. Plenty of yummy fruit notes…  More info

Dufftown 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 10378) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)
$80.78

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